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Alabama football team remains No.1 in second College Football Playoff poll (via Crimson Magazine)

09 Nov 2016 Stan J. Griffin

By Stan J. Griffin: November 8, 2016

A huge 10-0 road win by Nick Saban's Alabama football team Saturday against Southeastern Conference rival LSU allowed the Crimson Tide to remain in a familiar place in the second College Football Playoff selection committee poll, announced Tuesday night.
That being the No. 1 position.
Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers and Jim Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines also remained in the same slots, at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, but the big question of the night involved who would take over the No. 4 spot.
Last week in the first playoff poll of the season, the committee surprised many observers by putting a one-loss Texas A&M at No. 4 instead of the undefeated Washington Huskies.
And then Kevin Sumlin's Aggies promptly were stunned Saturday by Mississippi State in Starkville.
Washington, however, got the fourth spot in the new rankings, followed by Ohio State at No. 5, Louisville at No. 6 and Wisconsin at No. 7. The Buckeyes appear to have a stronger overall resume at this point than Washington, but the Huskies' unbeaten record apparently gave them the edge over Urban Meyer's team.


In another bit of a surprise, Texas A&M only fell to No. 8 despite falling to an unranked Bulldog squad, and it comes in right ahead of ninth-ranked Auburn.
The Aggies perhaps stayed ahead of Gus Malzahn's team due to an earlier win at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
There are five SEC teams included in the second playoff poll including the top-ranked Tide, Texas A&M, Auburn, No. 24 LSU and No. 25 Arkansas.
Ed Orgeron's Tigers fell a staggering 11 spots in the poll despite playing Alabama to a scoreless deadlock through three complete quarters.

The following is the complete second College Football Playoff poll:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Michigan
4. Washington
5. Ohio State
6. Louisville
7. Wisconsin
8. Texas A&M
9. Auburn
10. Penn State
11. Oklahoma
12. Colorado
13. Oklahoma State
14. Virginia Tech
15. Utah
16. West Virginia
17. North Carolina
18. Florida State
19. Nebraska
20. Southern Cal
21. Western Michigan
22. Boise State
23. Washington State
24. LSU
25. Arkansas

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